Interview questions – a list of over 100

We have included a list of over 100 professional job interview questions for both interviewers and those being interviewed to familiarise themselves with.

Though it is a great idea to have answers ready for any of the below questions, the best idea is to test yourself in a real environment or have an interview practice. When you are ready, contact us for a mock interview to be sure you are ready as possible.

1. Tell me about yourself

2. What do you know about the type of work that we do?

3. What are your expectations? Salary? Working hours?

4. Can you tell us your strengths and weaknesses?

5. What do you think that you have that makes you a right fit for this job?

6. Can you tell us of an experience in a position similar to this one?

7. What do you want to be?

8. How do you see yourself five, ten years from now?

9. If you were to have a superpower, what would you like and why?

10. If you were to choose an animal which best describes you, what would it be and why?

11. Any questions you would like to ask?

12. Why did you apply here? What makes you want this job?

13. Can you give us an example in which you’ve lead a team? What problems did you face? How would it have been different were it not for you?

14. Can you give us an example in which you’ve been a member of a team? Did you encounter any problems? What was your significant contribution? How would it have been different were it not for you?

15. What are your strengths?

16. What are your weaknesses?

17. Why should we hire you?

18. Why did you leave the last job?

19. Why have you been unemployed for such a long time?

20. Do you have references?

21.  How do you handle stressful situations?

22. How are you at meeting deadlines?

23. Are you a team player?

24. Where do you see your self in five years?

25. What did you like best about your last job?

26. What did you like least about your last job?

27. What were your responsibilities on your last job?

28. Are you willing to relocate?

29. As your supervisor, if I asked you to do something that you disagreed with how would you deal with it?

30. What would you say was the most difficult time in your life and how did you deal with it?

31. Give me an example of a time that you did something wrong and how you handled it.

32. How do you deal with conflicts on the job?

33. If you found out the company was doing something against the law what would you do?

34. If an assignment was too difficult for you how would you handle it?

35. Why did you choose your University? Can you name us the factors you based your decision on?

36. Why did you choose your area of expertise? Can you name us the factors you based your decision on?

37. What other firms did you apply to aside from us? Did you also receive an invitation for interview from them?

38. Did you achieve anything significant at University? 39. What are your hobbies? What do you do to pass the time?

40. What do you think is your greatest achievement in life?

41. Have you ever experienced a time when you had to deal with a difficult decision? What did you do?

42. Which are you better at, as a team leader or as a team player?

43. When you were a part of a team, what is the role you usually play?

44. Can you give us a situation where you’ve inspired and motivated other people?

45. What would you do if you were given a million pounds? 46. If (insert scenario), what would you do?

47. What was the greatest trial you’ve faced in life? What did you do about it?

48. What other skills do you have aside from (anything related to his applied position)?

49. If we ask your friends/colleagues, what do you think would they say if we asked them what are your best qualities?

50. What makes you distinct? What do you have that others can’t do?

51. What do you think is the most difficult/easiest part of this job?

52. What are the main tasks and responsibilities that you need to do in this job?

53. If you were given this job, what would you first do? What are your plans for the next month? Year?

54. (If employed in the past) What made you leave your last job? What made you decide to leave your current job?

55. What experience have you learned that would be relevant to this job?

56. What satisfies you the most? What inspires you to be what you want to be? What makes you tick?

57. Tell us what you know about this company. Can you give us suggestions/comments that would help us improve our product/service? What do you think of our product/service?

58. What was the last book/movie you’ve read/watched? What made you read/watch it? Can you relate to us what happened?

59. Do you consider yourself a well-rounded individual? Prove it to us.

60. What other activities did you do at University?

61. What did you like most/least about your previous job?

62. Can you tell us a scenario where you’ve dealt with an impossible deadline? What did you do?

63. What kind of work environment would you be most effective in?

64. What would you do if a competitor of ours offered you a better position?

65. What do you do when you know your boss/professor or anyone superior then you is wrong?

66. Do you think you are successful? What do you think made you successful?

67. What kind of training/experiences did you receive at University to prepare you for this?

68. Based on your experience, who was your worst boss and the best you’ve ever had? Why?

69. How do you manage employees under you? Have you ever fired anyone? Why?

70. Who do you think are our competitors in this industry? What can you say about them? Can you suggest us any way for us to improve and be better than them?

71. If you’ve gone to numerous interviews, why do you think you haven’t landed a job yet?

72. Can you tell us how you deal with irate/annoying/irrational situations/people?

73. Are you a competitive person? 74. How do you think would your worst enemy describe you?

75. Can you tell us of an experience where you’ve failed to submit or be on time?

76. How are your computing skills?

77. Looking back through your University years, who, among your acquaintances would be best suitable for this job?

78. Are you fine with the ides of relocation?

79. Do you love travelling? What do you think of travelling frequently?

80. What are your salary expectations? Benefits?

81. How do you face problems?

82. What were your other job responsibilities? What did you like/hate the most?

83. If you were given a chance to choose an ideal boss to be your boss, what would he/she be like?

84. Do you bring your work home with you?

85. What do people find most annoying about you? What do they criticise you for the most?

86. How do you manage your money?

87. What will you do if you did not get this job?

88. Why was there a time where you were not actively working or employed? What did you do during that time?

89. Tell us your educational background and achievements.

90. Give us an example where you gave more than what your boss asked for and the time you did below what he was expecting.

91. What is the name of our President/CEO?

92. What makes you feel uncomfortable?

93. What are your pet peeves?

94. What is your go-to website?

95. Did I have any questions I wasn’t able to ask you?

96. Can you work for _____ hours a week?

97. Can you tell us how you dealt/would you deal with an angry or irate client/customer?

98. Are you willing to work on holidays and weekends?

99. What are the three things that your previous manager told you to improve on?

100. How did you know that we are hiring for this position?

101. What do you think is the perfect job? What would your dream job be like?

102. Who was your favourite teacher? How did he/she inspire you?

103. Can you tell us how you would tell someone he/she is fired? How would you go about it?

104. How do you work under pressure? Can you handle it?

Here is a bit of insight concerning possible interview answers to some:

Tell me about yourself? A good answer would be about three minutes long, detailing your education, qualifications, work history and experiences. They are not asking for an autobiography, what they want is for you to tell them experiences related to the field you applied in. Mentioning relevant skills and passions would greatly help. Don’t forget to mention your accomplishments too.

Tell me about your weaknesses.  Acknowledge that you have a weakness. Everybody does. Saying “none” or that you are a perfectionist would be detrimental. A guide to choosing a weakness would be is that it should not be something that is fundamental to a position you are applying for. It is a big mistake to say that you’re skills with numbers is iffy when you are applying for an accounting position. A good choice would be, like say for example, “My writing skills are not that good but I’ve been taking a course on it and that I am definitely better than what I was in the past.” Keep in mind this simple formula: Weakness + what you did to address the problem/are doing right now to address it. Point out that you have indeed become better than you were at it before.

How do you see yourself, (time period) from now? Keep it genuine. Outline a career path, start from the present, what you would like to improve and master (e.g. working in a team, exceeding the employer’s expectations), say for the first three years before establishing what you want yourself to be five years from now. That way, it would not seem as if you dropped a bombshell when you say “I see myself as a senior accountant in this company in five years time.” Here are some tips that would help you in answering this question:

1. Don’t over think it. Say what you have in mind and don’t overanalyze it, it’ll make your answer sound practiced and memorized.

2. Don’t be too specific. Saying that you expect a nice red Porsche and a salary along 150 pounds a year is a bad idea.

3. Don’t be inconsistent. Be fixed, employers want an employee who can hold their ground. Answering “I’d love to see myself as a comptroller in five years, but then, I’d also love to be an international singer if I’m given a break” is definitely a very bad idea.

4. Don’t raise red flags. Don’t give your interviewer to doubt the sincerity of your answer. Saying that you intend to be there for a long time and then saying that you intend to go back to school at the same time would give off different signals and make them feel wary about hiring you.   Keep in mind that this question is not about you. The interviewer wants to know what you can do for the company. If you plan to have any goals that you want to reach in five years time, like starting your own business, it is best that you keep it to yourself.

What are your salary expectations? Do your research! Learn what people usually get in a similar position. If the interviewer asks you what salary you expect to have, try to shift the burden by saying that you expect to receive the standard rate. This way, you can save yourself from embarrassment by naming an unrealistic figure that is either too high or too low. It is to be expected that the interviewer would ask you what your current or previous earnings are. Tell the truth. Remember that prevention is better than cure, sooner or later they will find out if you are not telling the truth and that would reflect badly on you. If the interviewer asks for a range, be flexible, like say for example, I expect to receive £25000-£30000. Remember to back it up with hard evidence based on market data and trends.

Here’s an outline.

• Be comfortable with your answer. This would show that you are confident that you have what it takes and you are worth what they can pay you.

• Consider deflecting the question back to the interviewer. This is especially applicable when you are on your first interview. Answering the question directly might be a mistake.

• Use what you have researched. This is now where it comes in handy. You can be comfortable with your answer when you know that you are right.

• Never sell yourself at a lower price. This could make them doubt your capabilities.